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Jo Blakemore
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Malta has a rich history of architecture with cultural influences from around the world and, through the ages, the architecture has reflected elements drawn from Arabic, Sicilian and Baroque traditions. In the early 1990s, the Maltese Government decided to diversify the tourism industry by focusing on culture.

Due to its geographical position, Malta has historically been at the crossroads of various Mediterranean civilisations with strong British influences. Its built heritage certainly reflects these diverse cultures and some structures even predate the Pyramids of Giza. The Ġgantija Temple is a prime example of this, having been built in 3500 BC. A…

Malta is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and the most densely populated in the EU. With about 1,380 people per square kilometre, most people live in apartments. Naturally, these come in a few different variations, so in this third instalment of our series of articles, we will be delving more deeply into those.

You can go back and familiarise yourself with Part 1, which examined what is meant by townhouses, bungalows and more and Part 2, which explained the differences between villas, palazzos, palazzinos, farmhouses and boathouses.

According to a January 2021 report by PWC…

The courtyard of the Palazzo Valdina

It could almost be something from a fairytale: a 16th-century grand house, a knight and a confrontation with a king. But this isn’t fiction, it’s history, and if walls could talk, the stonework of this beautiful palazzo would have many secrets to whisper about its former owner.

Who Was Fra Carlo Valdina?

The man behind the scandal, Fra Carlo Valdina, was born in the 1570s of Spanish origin. He purchased the palazzo on 16th June in 1632, according to the records of notary Lorenzo Grima, for 6,000 scudi, a currency used in Italy and Sicily at the time.

In Maltese architecture, tradition is the bricks and mortar that holds every structure together. This is particularly true in regards to limestone, used in construction since the island’s earliest days, and responsible for giving the country its characteristic golden colour. Over time, a design trend has emerged in Malta that juxtaposes the historical and traditional features in a house with a modern aesthetic. This isn’t the erasure of history that we have seen with interior design in previous decades, but rather a deliberate choice to respect and even highlight the old whilst bringing in the new. …

Jo Blakemore

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